|The Dark Knight?|
Warner Bros. Shut Down Trump’s 2020 Video For Using The “Dark Knight Rises” Score (BuzzFeed News link): President Donald Trump on Tuesday posted a video on Twitter that appeared to be part of his 2020 reelection campaign. In less than three hours, it had already amassed over 1 million views, but by late Tuesday night, the video was no longer available.
In a statement Tuesday night, Warner Bros. confirmed it was taking action over the video. "The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized," a spokesperson said. "We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.” By late Tuesday night, the video in Trump's tweet had been replaced by a message that it was no longer available "in response to a report by the copyright owner."
After Trump posted the video on Tuesday afternoon, people quickly began pointing out that the music is from Hans Zimmer's score for The Dark Knight Rises, specifically the track "Why Do We Fall."
Mod: A Huffington Post article from 2016 perhaps presciently pondered whether or not Trump actually believes he is Batman. Well, maybe he does.
The narrative then draws us into a story of Bruce Wayne, a super-wealthy...
“celebrity socialite...who averts suspicion by acting the part of a superficial playboy idly living off his family’s fortune, which was amassed through investment in real estate before the city became a bustling metropolis.” - Wikipedia’s Batman Entry
“I alone can fix it.”
Trump: “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon come to an end.”
This is not so different from Batman’s promise: “I made a promise [...] that I would rid this city of the evil.”
In terms of campaign promises, Trump’s assurance that he will not only fix the political system single-handedly, but also bring crime and violence to an end in America, sounds much more like a platform for a superhero in a mythic universe than a presidential candidate in the real world.